At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley, we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for insomnia and anxiety-related sleep problems. Our approach is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia involves difficulty falling or staying asleep for at least one month. People with insomnia may report that they don’t feel rested or restored after sleeping. Primary Insomnia refers to a sleep disturbance that is not caused by a known medical or mental health problem, while secondary insomnia is due to a medical or mental health condition.
Symptoms of Insomnia
- Difficulty falling asleep, even when tired.
- Waking up throughout the night and having difficulty falling asleep.
- Not feeling rested or restored after sleeping.
- Tiredness and fatigue throughout the day.
- Problems with daily functioning due to sleep problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Model of Insomnia
The most common causes of secondary insomnia are stress, worry, anxiety and depression. Often, insomnia is maintained by mistaken beliefs about sleep (e.g. “I must get 8 hours of sleep every night.” Or “I should be able to fall asleep quickly”) and behaviors that prevent restful sleep (e.g. sleeping with the TV on, staying in bed when unable to sleep).
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia focuses on helping you recognize and change beliefs that affect your ability to sleep and on developing good sleep habits and avoiding behaviors that keep you from sleeping well. CBT for Insomnia includes sleep education, where you will learn the basics of sleep and the factors that contribute to healthy sleep patterns. You will be asked to keep a sleep diary to help us understand your sleep patterns and develop the best treatment approach. You will learn cognitive techniques aimed at identifying and responding more effectively to negative thoughts and worries that keep them awake and eliminate false beliefs about sleep, as well as developing relaxation and mindfulness skills. Behavioral strategies such as sleep restriction, stimulus control, and improving sleep hygiene will also be used.
How to Get Help for Insomnia
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley specializes in evidence-based treatment of insomnia. We are located in Saratoga on the border of San Jose and Saratoga just 1/2 mile from Highway 85. With our convenient location near highway 85, we serve the Silicon Valley communities of San Jose, Saratoga, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino and Campbell, CA. Contact us at (408) 384-8404 for more information on how we can help you overcome insomnia and sleep problems.